Not Just a Building

The Church

And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. – Colossians 1:18

“The Church is not a building where we gather on Sundays. The Church is a group of people who have been called out of the world to be separated unto God, to belong to Jesus. We’re the family of God, because we have the same heavenly Father; what brings us together is new birth through Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that the Church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is the head. Every member of the body has a different function. Not everyone is a preacher or a missionary or a Sunday school teacher; but all of the members, regardless of their function, work together to carry out God’s purposes on this earth, as the body receives its orders and direction from Jesus, who is the head. To God, there are no denominations and no Black or White or Hispanic or Asian churches. There’s just one Church, made up of Christians all over the world.” – Pastor Cymbala

  1. What is the Church?
  2. What brings us together as the family of God?
  3. Explain the relationship of Jesus and the Church.
  4. What is the importance of unity in the body of Christ?
  5. What does it mean to you to know that you have an important function as a member of the body of Christ?